Friday Fit Fix

I did it! I am finally back at it. Moving, grooving, making this foot of mine earn its keep! It’s been just the best week. Working out always makes me feel so much better overall. Mentally, physically, everything. I am so ready to get back out there and do what I want, when I want! Until the foot is completely ready healed, I will continue taking it slow and steady. Here’s what that looked like this past week (Friday-Thursday).

Friday – My first day to try out a short, 10-minute, flat walk with the foot. It was dreamy, but went by way too quickly! (2 WW FitPoints earned.)

Sunday – Another bump in my time to 15 minutes on the treadmill after an hour of playing tennis at the club with Sassy. By playing I mean hitting balls to her to return and being a target for her to serve against. I knew lunging at tennis balls would not be a good idea for me at this time. Soon enough! (2 WW FitPoints earned.)

Tuesday – 20 minutes was on the agenda and it was finally warm enough (but still very chilly!) to walk outside. So excited! It was dark by the time I got home from work so OMG Becky and I went to a well-lit, local walking trail with Stella. It felt amazing to breathe in the fresh air and relax! (3 WW FitPoints earned.)

Thursday – Another treadmill walk for me with another increase up to 30 minutes. It was a fine time, just kind of boring. I had planned to watch an On Demand show, but it kept freezing up. I finally turned on my favorite playlist and got it done! The girls went to a yoga class and I would have liked to join them, but again, I am waiting on things like that. Still protecting the foot for a bit longer! (5 WW FitPoints earned.)

This week will be another week of walking and increasing my time. I hope the weather cooperates and I can get some of done outside! Though I don’t see that happening anytime soon. We have freezing rain tonight through Sunday afternoon. Not even sure if I will be able to get out to a treadmill tomorrow for my scheduled walk. Fingers crossed the ice isn’t as bad as the local news stations say it might be!

How was your fitness this week?

What was the highlight?

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Sauteed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche Recipe (Vegetarian)

Recently, I had a piece of quiche at a local coffee shop for breakfast. Oh my goodness, it was good! I wanted to go back for more soon, but the problem is I live a good 45 minutes away. I thought maybe I could make it at home. After looking at several recipes online, I realized it was pretty easy to do.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I’ve made it a few times and must say, it’s delicious. Feel free to swap out some of the ingredients, such as the type of cheese or the onion/spinach for something else you may enjoy. It’s a pretty flexible recipe and perfect any time of the day!

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Sautéed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche

Total Time: 1 hour  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) frozen, unbaked, deep dish pie crust
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 3 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 ounces feta cheese crumbles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Allow frozen, 9-inch deep dish pie crust to thaw 10 minutes.
  3. Poke several holes in the bottom of the pie crust. Bake until slightly browned, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Turn oven heat up to 375-degrees F.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add sliced onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add spinach, salt, pepper and rosemary; cook stirring for another 2 minutes.
  6. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together milk, half & half, and eggs. Stir in cheese, as well as onion/spinach/herb mixture.
  7. Pour egg filling into prepared pie crust. Cover crust with a pie crust shield.
  8. Bake at 375-degrees F for 35 minutes. Remove pie crust shield. Bake another 10 minutes until egg mixture is set.
  9. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 wedges.

Weight Watchers Smart Points = 7 points.

I like to Move It, Move It!

Yesterday was just about the best day I have had in awhile! It was finally, FINALLY the day I could start moving again. I had been waiting for that day for what seems like forever, but in reality was only seven weeks. Only seven weeks. Nothing about it felt like “only” when you are in the middle of it.

I had really hoped to start back with a hike, but after seeing the temperature outside…

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…I started thinking otherwise. Especially knowing I could only walk/hike for 10 minutes. (I have to build my foot movement very slowly. Adding ten minutes to each previous workout. Allowing for a rest day in between workouts.) I didn’t think 10 minutes of movement outside when it feels like -9 degrees would warm me up. I opted outside for the treadmill instead.

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Being inside had a benefit. I got to use my new wireless headphones!

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I have a couple of friends who have these headphones and love them. When I saw them on sale before Christmas, I had to have a pair for myself! Since then I have been waiting to give them a try. And guess what? They are awesome! They are lightweight. Easily adjustable. Very comfortable on my ears. The sound quality was fantastic. The controls are simple to use. I look forward to spending much more time with them in the gym! My only regret? Getting them in black.  I like colors! Unfortunately, when I bought mine, the only color they had in stock was the black. Boring! Oh well.

In other exciting news! My foot felt fine the entire walk. Pain-free is the life for me! <— Sung in my best sing-song voice! (Anyone else remember the Green Acres show from many moons ago? Just me?) And today? It still feels good today. No issues. Yay me!

And look at the post-workout glow!

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Or maybe it’s a Snapchat filter.  😉  Either way, there’s a glow!

Any new gadgets I should check out?

What’s the weather like in your area?

 

Sick of the Holidays

Did you hear it? The radio silence here? More on that in a minute. Let’s start with the fun stuff!

How was your Christmas holiday?  We had our traditional Christmas Eve with my parents. There was the usual annual picture of all the grandkids in attendance.

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(And something else fun that happened a few days later?… My oldest niece [pink heart] got engaged! Her boyfriend of nine years [red heart] proposed this week.)

Christmas tree, Christmas gifts

Christmas morning I realized I had completely forgotten to get my girls Christmas pajamas to wear Christmas Eve night for festive pictures on Christmas morning. Darn it. I blame my flu-brain. Yep, you read that correctly. Five days before Christmas, OMG Becky and I came down with the flu.

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Oh man, it was horrible. It started with a cough that Tuesday afternoon and then we both woke up miserable Wednesday morning. It was a knock-you-down, no energy, chills, aches, and fever flu that had us flat on our backs. (I was also sick last Christmas.) Five more members of family had it that week!

Friday we woke feeling the tiniest bit better. Neither of us had a fever since the afternoon before. We were ready to get out of the house! It was Becky’s actual birthday and we had taken the day off work to celebrate before we ended up sick. (Sassy was already out of school.) We had made lunch reservations a couple of weeks ago and Becky didn’t want to postpone so out we went.

First stop was a crystal store. OMG Becky has been reading all about them lately and wanted to get a few new ones for her collection.

Next was lunch at Cooper’s Hawk!

Copper's Hawk

It was delicious, but we were still so worn out from the flu, we had zero appetite. Most of this food was boxed up and taken home with us.

After lunch, OMG Becky had one more stop in mind… the Kendra Scott store. So many pretty things!

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Becky had her eye on a particular necklace. Luckily for her, I hadn’t finished her Christmas shopping yet due to being sick so I bought it for her. Win, win!

Our day that had been a fun time ended up not so fun. After I dropped the girls off, I loaded up my car to make a trip to the recycling center. On the way there, an oncoming driver failed to yield on a left turn, turned in front of me, and we collided.

wrecked car

Both cars had to be towed. Because it was late Friday afternoon before the holiday, nothing on the insurance claim was even started until Tuesday this week. I was finally able to get a rental car Thursday. OMG Becky had a blast being my driver up until then.  😉  What’s crazy is Becky was involved in a wreck with the exact same circumstances one year ago this week.

I would like to state for the record and just put it out there in the universe that I need me being sick and a family member being in a car wreck to not become a Christmas tradition. Two years in a row of that crap is more than enough. I want my holly, jolly Christmas season back, please and thank you.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

What’s your favorite Christmas gift you received this year?

Birthday Dinner & a Breakthrough

Oh my goodness, Christmas is five days away!

And that means my oldest daughter, OMG Becky, turns 19 in just three days. I can’t.

We had just one outing this past weekend due to a winter storm. It started with freezing drizzle Friday late night, followed by snow all Saturday afternoon. And let us not forget single digit temperatures with a windchill below zero. We hunkered down and stayed home from Friday evening until Sunday evening.

Sunday night we went to my parents’ house for Becky’s family birthday dinner! The evening involved arts and crafts meant for the littles, but enjoyed by all.

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Coloring pictures to put in Santa’s mailbox. These pictures may have involved pleas for gifts and a nice list. Sassy didn’t make it on that list.  😉

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Tree decorating.

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cousins, christmas tree

We had a breakthrough. Do you notice something in the picture above? My youngest niece is smiling! Her eyes were still on me nonstop all night, but at least she’s smiling. (I took my walking boot off while she was there. We’re all hoping she’s even more comfortable with me come Christmas Eve!)

We also enjoyed cake!

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Sidenote, OMG Becky was not entirely happy with me. I had asked her what kind of cake she wanted. She picked Red Velvet. Great. I went to the store Friday, bought the cake mix and frosting. Baked the cake Saturday. Took it to the party Sunday. That’s when I realized I hadn’t bought her any ice cream. We had a birthday party without ice cream. Oh the injustice! For whatever reason (I guess because we didn’t discuss it?) buying ice cream never even dawned on me. #momfail

What’s your latest #momfail? 

Foot Injury Update

How is your weekend going? I should be on my way to church, but we got snow on top of ice yesterday. We aren’t going anywhere today!

I thought it would be a good time to fill you in on my foot injury. It started the first week of November. I had gone for a hike that Friday after work. No issues, no tripping, no rolling my ankle. Nothing. When I got home from the hike, I stepped out of my car and my right foot hurt immensely as soon as I put weight on it. That continued most of the weekend while I iced and elevated it as much as possible. First thing Monday, I made a doctor’s appointment for that Friday.

Then each day after that, the foot felt a bit better. So much better that Thursday, it was feeling good enough to try another workout. I stuck to the treadmill because I didn’t want to get stuck out in the woods if the foot started hurting again.

 

The treadmill was a good call. My foot started hurting again and I had to cut the workout short. Now imagine my surprise when I woke up the next day and my foot had zero pain. It felt fine all morning, so I postponed my doctor’s appointment for the following week.

That night, I tried another treadmill workout. This time slow and flat.

 

It was perfect! No pain. That Monday, I called to cancel my doctor’s appointment. I really thought I was in the clear. (Famous last words!)

Then tried another treadmill workout, this time with hills, on Tuesday.

 

This time I felt a twinge of something, but not really pain. Just not awesome like the previous workout. Did some icing and elevating just in case.

The next night, I tried another hills workout on the treadmill.

 

I had foot pain that started about 20 minutes in. I kept trying to rotate how I was walking on it, but I finally had to just give up. I knew right then and there, I had to get myself in to see a podiatrist.

The next morning I called and was lucky to score an appointment for the following day. Good thing because I was back to pain anytime I put weight on my foot. I was pretty sure I had a stress fracture after having one last year in my fibula on the same foot. I just couldn’t tell where the pain was coming from exactly. Sometimes it hurt on the top of my foot, sometimes it was the bottom.

At my appointment, my doctor did a manual exam and thought it was probably a stress fracture in the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals. He was then able to confirm with x-rays the stress fracture in the 2nd metatarsal, but not entirely sure about the 3rd. He said stress fractures in the metatarsals are hard to see on metatarsals many times, so he went by symptoms as well. So I most likely also had a stress fracture in the 3rd, also. I was immediately fitted with a medical walking boot to wear for 3-4 weeks with a an appointment at the 3-week mark.

 

Unfortunately, I was out-of-town for work the day before my followup appointment. I was due to drive home that night, but got delayed a day due to bad weather. I ended up staying an extra night to wait out the storm. I had to reschedule my appointment to almost a week later. When I returned to the doctor last week, it was two days short of a total of 4 weeks in the boot. The doctor examined my foot. I was pain-free during the manual exam! He gave me the okay to stop wearing the boot, but with instructions to put it back on for another week if I felt any pain.

That first day, I had a bit of discomfort in my ankle, but I didn’t think much of it since my original pain wasn’t in the ankle. I contributed it to just moving the foot again after almost four weeks of being in the boot. The next day, no more ankle discomfort, but then I was having actual pain on the bottom of my foot. Ugh. Back in the boot I went. I will try going without the boot again this later this week. Fingers crossed I will be pain-free.

Once I have been boot-free for two weeks, I can start slowly hiking, adding distance daily. Another two weeks after that, I can try running intervals. I’m giving myself another two weeks after that before I start registering for 2017 races. I have big plans for 2017 and I need this foot to cooperate!

How is your weekend going?

Any winter weather in your area?

Making Christmas Memories

Happy Friday! Wow. This week seemed like it was only two days instead of five. Does that ever happen to you? I’m okay with it. We’re now that much closer to Christmas!

gingerbread house

We have been busy over here with all the usual holiday prep. We went with my parents and my brother and his family on our annual visit to see Santa. OMG Becky was coming from another gathering missed out on seeing Santa. Such a naughty girl.

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I have to point out something. Notice how everyone except my youngest niece are all looking at the photographer?

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She is giving me severe stink eye! Why? Because I was wearing my medical walking boot. She is terrified of it! She thinks it’s going to eat her. Maybe she thinks it’s eating me from the toes up? She has been giving me this look non-stop since I got it on 4+ weeks ago. (I’ll try to post an update on my foot injury later this weekend.)

After Santa and lunch…

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…we have another tradition of picking out a new ornament at Hallmark. There I found my most favorite ornament ever!

ornament, crayola crayons, Hallmark

Crayola Crayons “Big Box of 64!” I remember getting this box of crayons for Christmas every year. I loved all the sharp, new crayons!

I came home from a work one day to find Christmas had explored all over the living room.

Christmas decorations

Sassy took it upon herself to decorate the tree. She got tired of waiting for the rest of us!

There has also been more batches of sugar cookies baked than I can count.

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I think I’ll be finding colored sugar all over the house for months to come!

There has also been lots of shopping. I’ve found some great deals! I love the thrill of the hunt. I even like saving a few items to shop for until Christmas Eve morning or the day before. I like getting up really early, grabbing coffee, and then shopping leisurely. I usually have the stores pretty much to myself until around 9 or 10 AM. It’s magical!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Share a Christmas cookie recipe!